Toronto faces Denver, looks to stop 3-game slide

Sun, Mar 10, 2024
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Toronto faces Denver, looks to stop 3-game slide

Toronto Raptors (23-41, 12th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Denver Nuggets (44-20, third in the Western Conference)

Denver; Monday, 9 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Toronto looks to break its three-game skid with a win over Denver.

The Nuggets are 26-6 in home games. Denver is sixth in the league with 53.3 points in the paint led by Nikola Jokic averaging 16.3.

The Raptors have gone 10-22 away from home. Toronto is 5-9 in one-possession games.

The Nuggets average 11.5 made 3-pointers per game this season, 2.0 fewer makes per game than the Raptors allow (13.5). The Raptors average 11.9 made 3-pointers per game this season, 0.5 more makes per game than the Nuggets allow.

The two teams square off for the second time this season. The Nuggets defeated the Raptors 113-104 in their last meeting on Dec. 21. Jokic led the Nuggets with 31 points, and Scottie Barnes led the Raptors with 30 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Michael Porter Jr. is shooting 48.2% and averaging 16.6 points for the Nuggets. Jokic is averaging 24.7 points over the last 10 games.

Gary Trent Jr. is averaging 12.3 points for the Raptors. Immanuel Quickley is averaging 21.0 points over the last 10 games.

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LAST 10 GAMES: Nuggets: 8-2, averaging 118.2 points, 45.4 rebounds, 31.8 assists, 8.4 steals and 6.8 blocks per game while shooting 51.6% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 108.1 points per game.

Raptors: 4-6, averaging 116.9 points, 45.3 rebounds, 29.8 assists, 7.1 steals and 5.3 blocks per game while shooting 47.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 121.2 points.

INJURIES: Nuggets: Vlatko Cancar: out (knee), Nikola Jokic: day to day (arm).

Raptors: Jakob Poeltl: out (finger), Bruce Brown: out (knee), Scottie Barnes: out (hand), D.J. Carton: out (ankle).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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